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Fredi Gonzalez Calls Tuesday Loss 'Toughest Of Year'

The Atlanta Braves blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth inning on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees and squandered an excellent pitching performance from Mike Minor in the process. After the game Fredi Gonzalez was asked if the loss was the "toughest of the year" for his club.

"I think so. For a lot of different reasons, obviously. But I think it was a tough one for all of us, including myself. Minor was outstanding. He really was good, and then that eighth inning we couldn't get an out there when we needed to. They've got a good club. They took an opportunity and they beat us. It was a tough one to swallow. Hopefully Huddy will go out tomorrow and give us a good outing and get back on the winning ways."

The loss is a tough one to swallow and gives the Yankees a guaranteed series win over the Braves it is important that they forget about it and move on as Chipper Jones suggested following the game.

"You've got to flush it. That's why we play this game, man. Every day is a new opportunity, it's a new game. When you start dwelling on the last couple of days or yesterday, that's how you get yourself into bad funks. We let an opportunity slip away tonight, but it's probably not going to be the last one in the course of the year. That's part of being a professional, you've got to come to work every day and do your job.

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